At the heart of the gospel is a message of unconditional love, the kind of love we most need, the kind of love God offers so generously to us. This is the kind of love that changes us, the kind of love that reflects the character and nature of Christ. Love like this is a distinctive feature of Christianity. It’s what sets us apart. It’s what allows our faith to offer what the world aches to know and find. It is also where we can be accused of the worst hypocrisy when we fail to live up to this kind of love. But Jesus says it very plainly in the gospel of John, “Love one another as I have loved you.”

Jesus loves the disciples and us as God does: fully, completely, without reservation or condition. Jesus has always demonstrated great love for others and for the disciples, but now he says it plainly. There is no mistaking how he cares for the disciples and how they care for one another. The same is true for us.

Jesus has shown his love for us, and expects us to share generously, openly, without reservation. It’s the kind of caring relationship which helps us when we hurt, when we are down, when life is not working for us. God relishes and delights in loving us through an intimate and faithful relationship. Here is the love that allows us, as Christians, to most emulate and reflect Christ back to the world around us. This Labor Day weekend join us for Family Sunday and find a place to belong: to God, and to each other.

Dave Summers, PhD
Senior Pastor
pastordave@pvumc.org
602.840.8360, Ext 131

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